This is a list of important events the occured during 1997. Exact dates
are listed when known.
- Hong Kong's Independence
England handed Hong Kong to China
- Scientists cloned Dolly the sheep
Dolly the cloned sheep was cloned by scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland.
- Heaven's Gate Cult mass suicide
A mass suicide in which 39 members of a "Heaven's Gate Cult" in California killed themselves thinking they would be sent up to a spaceship behind the passing Hale Bopp comet. Strange and sad story.
- OJ Simpsons loses civil suit for wrongful death
- Timothy McVeigh is found guilty of bombing
- China resumes control of Hong Kong
July 1, after 156 years of British rule, the colony was turned back over to China.
- Mars Pathfinder lands on Mars
The little remote control rover landed and took pictures and samples of the planet surface.
- Princess Diana's Funeral.
Millions of mourners gathered outside a London cathedral for the funeral of Princess Diana. Princess Sara and her children showed up in the crowd of mourners. Camilla Parker Bowles, refered to by Diana as a Rottweiler, was the only one who wasn't invited to the funeral. Diana was later laid to rest at the Spencer family plot.
- Comet Hale-Bopp 1st spotted
It was considered to be the greatest comet in the 20th century. About 80% of Americans saw it without a telescope.
- NYC Police Assualt Haitian Immigrant
4 New York City police officers assault Haitian immigrant Abner Louima while in custody. Louima was beaten severely while handcuffed and had a toilet plunger shoved into his rectum, puncturing his intestine and bladder
- California Ban on Affrimative Action
In California, a state ban on all forms of affirmative action was passed. Proposed in 1996, the ban had been delayed in the courts for almost a year before it went into effect. Proposition 209 stated "the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."
- Paducah High School shootings
Mentally ill Michael Carneal, 15, was charged with killing three Paducah high school classmates and wounding five others who were in a prayer circle. December 1997
- Versace was murdered
July 15, 1997- Andrew Cunanan murders fashion designer Gianni Versace
- Michigan wins the national championship
Michigan beats washington state 21-16 :)
- Tony Blair is elected
Tony Blair become prime minister of Great Britain in a landslide election victory ending 18 years of Conservative rule.
- Married With Children Cancelled
Married With Children Was Canceles After 10 Years.
- Asian Financial Crisis
On 2 July, the devaluing of the Thai babt triggered off the currency crisis, which devastated the many Asian countries' economies in ensuing months.
- Dolly The Sheep Cloned
Dolly is the first cloned mammal.
Titanic opened in 1997 and became the BIGGEST Total Box-Office Film ever in film history with over 1 Billion dollars and also became the movie with most Academy Award totaling 13
- Harry Potter is published
Harry Potter was published in 1997 and written by J.K. Rowling, inspired millions to read.
- Flood of 1997
The Flood of 1997 hit the Red River Valley in April. Many towns had to be evacuated in North Dakota and Minnesota. Many families lost their homes.
In 1997 "hanson" The Band Of Three Brothers With Long Blonde Hair Released Their Debut Album "Middle Of Nowhere" And The Hit "mmmbop"
- Marlins first Wild Card team to win the WS
The Florida Marlins led by the strong bats of Gary Sheffield and Moises Alou and the strong arms of Robb Nen and Livan Hernandez win the World Series
- World's First Surviving Set of Septuplets
Kenneth Robert, Alexis May, Natalie Sue, Kelsey Ann, Brandon James, Nathan Roy, and Joel Steven were born to Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey on November 19, 1997 making them the world's first surviving set of septuplets.
- Mother Theresa of Calcutta died
Mother Theresa of Calcutta died a week later after Princess Diana, Sept 1997
- Biggie Meets A Similar Fate As Tupac
March 9, 1997: Christopher Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in his car in Los Angeles after an awards show after-party. It is unknown if Biggie's death is related to Tupac's death. To this day neither homicide has been solved.
- The Packers Win The Super Bowl
Packers beat the patriots 31-27.
- men's college basketball
The Arizona Wildcats win the National Championship.
- Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright was sworn in as Secretary of State, becoming the first woman to head the State Department
- North Hollywood Shootout
February 28 1997 At 9:15 a.m., Phillips and Matasareanu robbed a Bank of America branch office in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
- Pokemon First Introduced
Pokemon the major kids game was realesed to the U.S. and swept the Nation with its great gaming fun.Kids still love to play pokemon games all over the world.
- Camel Cigarettes Remove Joe Camel
Camel cigarettes removes Joe Camel[a drawing]from it's advertising because opponents claim Jo Camel causes cigarettes.
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